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Tesla Model S: NY-To-FL Trip, From Home To South Carolina

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So far, the New York-to-Florida electric-car road trip in my 2013 Tesla Model S is progressing pretty much according to plan.

That’s not to say I haven’t learned a few things in traveling via the newly-completed network of Tesla Supercharger DC quick-charging stations.

One of them would be that cold weather really does cut the range of electric cars–to the point where even with my new 85-kWh battery pack, I just squeaked into one Supercharger station with a handful of miles left.

But let’s start at the beginning ….

DAY 1: Hudson Valley, New York, to Newark, Delaware

I left at 3 pm, after a brunch to meet my teen-age daughter’s new boyfriend. (Very important occasion.) Shooting to make the Supercharger in Newark, Delaware, shortly after dark. It’s about 175 miles from my home in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

The temperature at departure is 16 degrees. I charge to 90 percent in the morning; the plan is to top off the last 10 percent just before departure. This warms the battery a bit and reduces the huge initial energy suck from a stone-cold start.

I get impatient, however, with the very slow charge rate when the battery is nearly full,and drive off with about 95 percent, with the rated range showing 251 miles. Should be more than enough, even driving fast in the cold.
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